Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20: F Matthias Alexander

Australian therapist F Matthias Alexander teaching the Alexander Technique to American educator John Dewey1869 F Matthias Alexander (Frederick Matthias Alexander; d. October 10, 1955), Australian actor and elocutionist who developed the educational process that is today called the Alexander Technique – a method of helping people learn to free habitual reactions of moving, learned by improving one's kinesthetic judgment. He was born in Tasmania, later moved to Melbourne, and finally settled in London in 1904.
Some people who used the Alexander Technique: John Cleese, Aldous Huxley, Nikki Tinbergen, guitarist Julian Bream, flautist James Galway, educator John Dewey (who had Alexander Technique lessons for 35 years) and New Zealand anthropologist, Derek Freeman.
During Australia's bicentennial celebrations in 1988, Alexander was recognised as one of the two hundred great Australians.

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